Chef Knife Blades and Materials – Part I


Chef Knives are split into four primary groups by the kinds of materials to ensure they are.

The costs of the cooks knife are often consistent considering the variety of work place in to create the blade, and also the material value.

Now I only say usually since there are many brands which will ad a lot of money to the price of the knife.

The chef knife materials are:

1. Carbon Steel

2. Stainless

3. Laminated

4. Ceramic

There’s also two primary methods for making the blade for that knife:

1. Forged

2. Pressed

Carbon Steel Chef Knife Blade:

Carbon Steel is definitely an alloy of Iron and roughly 1% Carbon.

It’ll create a very sharp edge which will hold for a longer period.

Most “Super Steel” Knife Blades which are forged within the china (mostly Japan) are constructed with Carbon Steel alloys which might include Chrome, Vanadium, Cobalt, Molybdenum along with other elements.

Certain names from the “Super Steel” blade materials are VG-10 that is a compound of iron, carbon, Cobalt, Vanadium, Molybdenum that’s only obtainable in Japan or ZDP-189 that is produced by Hitachi Japan.

The very best Chef Knives are constructed with Carbon Steel that is folded over itself several time, it may be from just 2 folds and as much as 800 folds.

What arrives of those folded blades are what we should call now “Damascus Steel” that is a chef knife that shows the layers of steel and carbon around the blade.

Most knife blades use 16 or 33 folds, the more and better costly ones may use 67 folds or more.

What each fold does is provide the chef knife more steel fibers and that provides versatility and sturdiness that not one other material can provide.

Some brands which use this kind of chef knife blade technique are Spyderco,

Kershaw, Sakura, Kyocera, and much more.

The following segment is going to be about Stainless Chef Knife Blades.